KOCHI l THURSDAY l JULY 30, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION INDIA GETS HOLD OF FIRST BATCH OF RAFALE AIRCRAFT Five Rafale combat jets landed at the Ambala Air Force base at 3:10pm on Wednesday after covering a distance of 7,000 km from the Merignac airbase in France, giving India’s air power a strategic edge in the midst of a bitter border row with China in eastern Ladakh and frayed ties with Pakistan WATER CANNON SALUTE FOR THE NEW JETS Each jet was given a special water cannon salute at the strategically located air base in the presence of IAF top brass. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in Sanskrit that there is no virtue like protecting the nation and there is no vow like defence of the nation. The NDA government had inked the I59,000-crore deal on September 23, 2016 to procure 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation after a nearly seven-year exercise to procure 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft for the Indian Air Force did not fructify during the UPA regime ■ 30 INDIA’S VEILED MESSAGE TO CHINA ■ ■ “The Birds have landed safely in Ambala,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted as soon as the aircraft touched down at the Indian Air Force air base at Ambala in Haryana The minister also sent a veiled message to China, saying those who want to threaten India’s territorial integrity should be worried about the new capability of the Indian Air Force The fleet, comprising three single-seater and two twin-seater aircraft, will be inducted into the IAF’s No 17 Squadron OUT OF THE 36 RAFALE JETS ORDERED BY INDIA WILL BE FIGHTER JETS WHILE SIX WILL BE TRAINERS. THE TWINSEATER TRAINER JETS WILL HAVE MOST FEATURES OF THE FIGHTER JETS CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Policy to reform school, higher edu gets govt nod Unlock 3.0 to mark end of night curfew There were slim pickings from the guidelines for Unlock 3.0 that begins from August 1. A look 10+2 model out, 5+3+3+4 system in; multiple entry & exit options in bachelor’s courses; UGC, AICTE to merge into one higher edu body S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi FRESH ACTIVITIES NIGHT CURFEW FINALLY ENDS Yoga institutes, gyms can open from AUGUST 5 INDEPENDENCE DAY FUNCTIONS ALLOWED SAVING GRACE Hajira, 67, who suffers from multiple ailments, being shifted by the residents of P&T colony near the Ernakulam South railway station to a safer place on a stretcher after the neighbourhood was inundated in Wednesday’s heavy rain | A SANESH Downpour inundates low-lying areas, orange alert in N Kerala EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @T’Puram International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening up will take place in a calibrated manner NOT PERMITTED Social, political, sporting, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions not allowed till August 31 Schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till AUGUST 31 METRO RAIL STAYS SUSPENDED THE Southwest monsoon has gained strength over the state with a cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal bringing in copious rain. Heavy rain accompanied by strong wind has inundated low-lying areas. Orange alert has been sounded in five northern districts. In the 24 hours leading to Wednesday morning, Kottayam recorded the highest rainfall of 20cm, followed by Alappuzha (18cm) and Kochi air port (15cm). In the next 12 hours, Vellanikkara in Thrissur recorded the highest rainfall of 14cm. Heavy downpour caused a landslip on the railway track between Kottayam and Chingavanam in the Ernakulam-Kot- CASE DIARY 903 test positive on Wednesday INTERVIEW 1 VIRAL ACHARYA CENTRAL BANKERS NOT GOVT SERVANTS They say it’s better to lose the battle to win a war. Dr Viral Acharya, who quit his post prematurely last July, believes it in letter and spirFULL INTERVIEW: P10 it. SHOWERS SEND LIFE INTO DISARRAY 1 death reported in Malappuram The Health Department is likely to feel more pressure as heavy rain and flooding could lead to rise in fever and dengue cases. P2 Statistics indicates the number of people watching CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s live broadcasts on social media has drastically gone down. P2 Kottayam records the highest rainfall of 20cm Train services disrupted in the ErnakulamKottayam-Kayamkulam section following a landslip near Chingavanam 2 3 Four shutters of Aruvikkara dam opened 4 Inclement weather likely to continue on Thursday 5 Fishermen advised not to venture into the sea Full of life, Beevi, 105, beats Covid in 9 days Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places to stay shut | P7 former deputy governor, RBI tayam-Kayamkulam section, forcing the authorities to cancel the Venad Special Express and to divert the Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur Jan Shatabdi Special via Alappuzha. No casualty was reported and resources were mobilised immediately for track restoration. Despite adverse conditions, the removal of heavy boulders and mud from the track and the restoration of the Electric Traction Overhead Equipment at the landslip site is progressing in full swing, the Railways said. Heavy rain has also forced the authorities to open four shutters of the Aruvikkara dam in Thiruvananthapuram, raising the water level in the Karamana river and triggering fear among people living along ● More on P4 its banks. THE Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the New Education Policy (NEP), a vision document to guide the country’s education blueprint for the coming years, bringing closure to an exercise that began during the first tenure of the Narendra Modi government. The approval of the near 400page document paves the way for restructuring of school education from the current 10+2 model to 5+3+3+4 covering ages 3-18 and renaming the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development as Education Ministry . The NEP will also facilitate establishment of a central regulatory body for all school boards, called National Assessment Centre, to ensure uniform education levels across S I N D U C H O O D A N @ Kollam ASMA BEEVI, a 1 0 5 - ye a r- o l d g r e a t g r a n d m o t h e r, h a s achieved the distinction of becoming the oldest person in the state to beat coronavirus. Asma Beevi Much to the joy and surprise of the doctors and staffers at the Government Medical College Hospital (MCH) at Parippally, Beevi— who hails from Thazhamel in Anchal — was discharged on Wednesday just nine days after she was infect, ed. Her swab samples were tested after one of her grandsons, who is a fish vendor at Anchal market, contracted the virus through local contact. He transmitted the virus to eight family members, including a five-month-old boy and Beevi. Other than age-related ailments such as loss of sight and knee pain, Beevi ● More on P4 has been healthy . EXPRESS READ Proof on terrorism-gold smuggling link sought Kochi: The NIA Court here on Wednesday asked the national agency to present details of incriminating materials that point to the terrorism link in the recent incident of gold smuggling via diplomatic channel. P4 Rajasthan session to begin on August 14 Jaipur: Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday accepted Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s fourth proposal seeking to summon assembly session from August 14, ending the week-long tussle between the two. P7 Husband held for killing Malayali nurse in the US Kottayam: A 26-year-old Malayali nurse was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband in South Florida, USA, on Tuesday. The deceased is Merin Joy, from Kottayam. Her husband Philip Mathew was taken into custody. P5 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS PWD CONTRACTOR AGAIN Vellanakalude Nadu road roller has a new owner A M I YA M E E T H A L @ Kozhikode WHO can forget the road roller in the 1988 Malayalam flick Vellanakalude Nadu? The comedy scenes involving Mohanlal, who played the role of a PWD contractor, and the late Kuthiravattom Pappu, as the operator, had stood out in the Priyadarshan-directed movie. The 1983-made PWD-owned machine was in the thick of things yet again on Tuesday as it was auctioned. N M Salih, a PWD contractor, has bought it by spending `1.99 lakh. Interestingly, the Thiruvannur native was not aware of the celebrity status of the machine, which has been lying idle in a corner of the PWD’s south-section office premises since 2016. “I’ve three road rollers already I . shelled out `19,000 extra to win the auction for this machine because its parts, compared to that of the new models, are of superior quality I can replace the parts when the . other three machines develop complaints,” said Salih. C T Prasad, an assistant engineer with the PWD office, said the The scenes involving Mohanlal, Pappu and the road roller in Vellanakalude Nadu had caught the imagination of the fans. road roller was manufactured by Kolkata-based Jessop & Company Limited. “The machine was used for hundreds of road works over the last four decades. As many as 10 contractors took part in the auction, but none of them was aware of its film connection,” said Prasad. Salih is not ruling out the chances of repairing the machine. If that happens and he checks on the progress of the work, the tongue-incheek answer the mechanic could give is Ippo Shariyakki Tharaam. Pappu had made it so famous. the country. The government has also planned to introduce vocational training from Class VI with internships. The big idea is to reduce textbook content to core concepts with greater emphasis on experiential learning. In higher education, the NEP will allow multiple entry and exit options in bachelor’s programme, multi-disciplinary courses, option of three or four years for UG courses and discontinuation of M Phil programme. “The changes we are proposing in the education sector through the NEP will bring not only incremental but transformational changes in the field,” said Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Students will get more flexibility in the choice of subjects, particularly in secondary school, including physical education, arts and crafts, and vo- cational skills. Wherever possible, the medium of instruction until at least Class V but preferably till Class VIII , and beyond, will be the mother tongue or local language, says the new policy which replaces the earlier policy adopted in 1986 and modified in 1992. The NEP says textbooks will include knowledge from ancient India and modern India as well as Indian knowledge systems. Also, all students will take school examinations in classes III, V, and VIII. Board exams for classes X and XII will be made “easier”, as they will test core competencies rather than months of coaching or rote learning. In the higher education sector, UGC, AICTE and the National Council for Teacher’s Education will be merged into a single higher education commission. What’s 5+3+3+4 Other takeaways 5 represents the foundational stage (in two parts - 3 years of Anganwadi or pre-school + 2 years in primary school in Class I-II, together covering ages 3-8): It will have flexible, multilevel play or activity-based learning and the curriculum and pedagogy of national early childhood care and education No rigid separation between academic streams, extracurricular, vocational streams in schools; vocational education to start from Class VI with internships The first 3 stands for the preparatory stage (class III-V, covering ages 8-11). It will have experiential learning across the sciences, mathematics, arts, social sciences, and humanities The second 3 is the middle stage (class VI-VIII, covering ages 11-14) with subject-oriented pedagogical and curricular style 4 is the secondary stage (class IX-XII in two phases - IX and X in the first and XI and XII in the second, covering ages 14-18). It will have more emphasis on depth, critical thinking. Flexibility in choice of subjects enhanced Teaching up to at least Class V in mother tongue or regional language Report cards will be a comprehensive report on skills and capabilities instead of just marks and statements
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